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Clutch Purse with Antique Pin Closure

Materials

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1/2 yard of green floral for clutch body and tab


1/2 yard of coordinating print for lining
1/2 yard of canvas for interlining
1/2 yard of 13-inch-wide ultra heavyweight interfacing
1 1/4 inches of 3/4-inch-wide sew-on hook-and-loop tape
Fabric marker
Pressing ham (optional)

Finished clutch: 11 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches


Quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/2inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut the Fabrics


To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. The
patterns are on pattern below. Note: When cutting your clutch body and tab pieces (A, B,
and D), you may wish to align the patterns carefully to match up the fabric motifs.
Pattern Sheet

From green floral, cut:

1 each of patterns A, B, and D

From coordinating print, cut:

1 each of patterns A, B, and D

From canvas, cut:

1 each of patterns A, B, and D

From ultraheavyweight interfacing, cut:


2 of Pattern C
1. Referring to Diagram 1, below, center an interfacing C piece atop the wrong side of
the canvas A piece, leaving 1/2 inch of canvas exposed around the outer edges;
pin. Note: The interfacing pieces are cut smaller than the canvas pieces to reduce bulk in
the seam allowances and to make it easier to shape the sides of the clutch.
2. Sew 1/4 inch inside the edges of the interfacing to make a front interfacing unit.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to sew the remaining interfacing C piece atop the wrong side of
the canvas B piece to make a back interfacing unit.

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4. Referring to Diagram 2, align the front interfacing unit, canvas side down, atop the
wrong side of the green floral A piece; pin. Machine-baste 1/4 inch from the outer edges
to make the clutch front.
5. Repeat Step 4 to sew the back interfacing unit atop the wrong side of the green floral
B piece to make the clutch back.

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The tab on this clutch serves as both a handle on the clutch back side and as a closure.

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1. Layer the canvas D piece on the wrong side of the green floral D piece; baste 1/4 inch
from the outer edge.
2. With right sides together, layer the green floral D piece and the lining D piece.
Backstitching at the beginning and end, sew together the long edges using a 1/2-inch
seam to make the tab; leave the short edges open for turning (see Diagram 3).

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3. Trim the seam allowances to 1/8 inch. Turn the tab right side out by pulling the narrow
end through the wide end; press.
4. Tuck 1/2 inch of the wide end inside the tab; press. Tuck 3/8 inch of the narrow end
inside (see Diagram 4); press. Topstitch around the tab, 1/4 inch from the outer edge.

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5. Referring to Diagram 5, center and sew the hookportion of the hook-and-loop tape to
the tab's lining side, 1/4 inch from the wide end.
6. Fold the clutch back in half lengthwise and finger-press a crease for a placement line.
Unfold the clutch back.

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7. Referring to Diagram 6, mark a placement line 3 1/2 inches above the lower edge of
the clutch back on the right side. With right sides together, center the narrow end of the
tab over the center crease just below the marked placement line. Backstitching at the
beginning and end, edgestitch across the narrow end, then again 1/2 inch from the
edgestitching.

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8. Referring to Diagram 7, fold the tab over the clutch back. With 1 inch of the tab
extending toward the bottom of the bag, fold the tab back on itself and up, centering it
over the center crease. Press and pin. The wide edge of the tab will extend past the
upper edge.
Mark and sew across the tab 5 1/2 inches above the bottom folded edge, backstitching at
each edge to make a handle on the clutch back; press.

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1. Fold the clutch front in half widthwise and finger-press a crease for a placement line.
Unfold the clutch front.
2. Mark a placement line on the clutch front 5 inches below the upper edge at the center
fold (see Diagram 8). Center and edgestitch the loop portion of the hook-and-loop tape
to the clutch front's right side, just below the marked line.

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3. With right sides together, align the side and lower edges of the clutch front and clutch
back; pin. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew together along the side and lower edges
(see Diagram 9).
4. Trim the seam allowance around the bottom curves to 1/4 inch. Using a pressing ham,
press the entire seam open. Turn right side out; press. Note: Pressing the seam open will
help you to get a nice finished look around the curves at the clutch bottom.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the lining A and B pieces to make the clutch lining.

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6. With the right side of the clutch body facing out and the wrong side of the clutch lining
facing out, place the clutch body inside the clutch lining, aligning the side seams (see
Diagram 10). Pin together the raw edges, making sure that the tab is tucked in between
the clutch body and lining, out of the way.
Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew together open the raw edges, leaving a 5-inch
opening for turning in the center front.

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7. Trim the seam allowance across the points of the clutch back, making sure not to clip
into the stitching. Referring to Diagram 11, clip into the seam allowance just to the
stitching line at the corners where the bag flap extends from the clutch back. Clip into
the seam allowance at the center top of the clutch back.

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8. Turn the clutch right side out through the 5-inch opening. Push the lining down inside
the clutch, aligning the side seams; press the upper edges. To close the opening,
topstitch 1/8-inch from the open edges of the clutch (see Diagram 12).

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1. On one side, match up the side seams on the clutch body with the lining; pin. With the
clutch body facing up, start at the top finished edge on the side seam and stitch in the
ditch 3 1/2 inches down (see Diagram 13). Repeat on the other side of the clutch body.

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2. To give the clutch shape, fold a 1-1/4-inch angled pleat into one side seam, beginning
at the top and tapering the pleat to end 3 1/2 inches down (see Diagram 14). Press the
folds in place. Repeat on the remaining side seam. Note: The absence of
ultraheavyweight interfacing in the area you're pleating should enable you to make crisp
folds.
3. Attach a vintage pin onto the right side of the tab's wide end, covering the stitching
where the hook-and-loop tape was sewn.
4. Fold the clutch back over the clutch front, aligning the hook-and-loop closures, to
complete the clutch.